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Senior Planner
NOTE: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY, ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT: Salary: $26.66 - $42.71 Hourly $55,458.62 - $88,841.38 Annually Master's degree in urban planning, geography, public administration, architecture, civil engineering, environmental science, or related field, and one year professional planning experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Positions assigned to the Department of Environmental Protection require the possession of a valid State of Florida driver's license. Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status. Position Summary: This is highly responsible professional and technical work in a variety of County Departments. An employee assigned to this classification designs and performs difficult and complex planning research; prepares reports; assists senior professional staff in conceptualizing, formulating, and implementing the County's overall planning land development policies and procedures; economic development and housing program activities; environmental and transportation impact studies; developing and conducting research projects; supervising research project teams presenting research results and recommendations to management. Performs difficult and complex environmental trend analysis, performs difficult and complex transportation analysis, as well as detailed development plan analysis which culminate in comprehensive reports and presentations, as required. Work is performed under the general direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and the observation of results obtained. Examples of Duties: ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS Coordinates and conducts extensive background research, surveys, and interviews and prepares reports on such areas as economics, the environment, land use, public facilities and infrastructure systems, planning law, urban design, social issues, and other planning concerns. Conducts field investigations and interviews. Makes presentations to other members of the Department, Administration, and to elected and appointed officials and citizens dealing with factual information and predetermined policy recommendations. Reviews and comments on site plans and development proposals for compliance with County policy and sound planning principles. These reviews may include Comprehensive Plan Amendment analysis, Zoning Application Process System analysis, and site plan/development plan/subdivision plat analysis. Supervises, as required, departmental research teams of lower level professional and/or technical employees. Confers with the public on matters concerning planning, both in individual and group settings, including making formal presentations to groups of citizens. Compiles data, inventory, and tracking of the county's natural resource base. Performs on-site analysis of environmental or transportation impacts, responds to citizens inquiries and complaints regarding natural resources. Researches applicable federal, state, and local planning/regulatory literature to be used in the formulation of the Comprehensive Plan policy and Uniform Land Development Code. Hires and supervises, as required, the work of intern positions. Prepares grant applications for local program funding. Operates, as required, motor vehicles (including departmental motor vehicles) in order to conduct field tests, inspections, and investigations to obtain data for use in determining code compliance and sources of, and methods for, controlling County-wide environmental pollutants, attending meetings, and site visits. Performs related work as required. Under the Department of Environmental Protection: This position may assist with land acquisition and stewardship activities such as controlled burns, exotic plant control, field inspections, and environmental monitoring. Environmental Protection Department/Natural Resources: The position performs detailed development plan analysis, as well as complex environmental trend analysis which culminate in comprehensive reports and presentations required by the department. Additionally, this position is responsible for the development and continuing review/implementation of the Comprehensive Plan goals, objectives and policies; environmental codes; and assists in formulating and implementing the County's overall planning land development policies and procedures. May assist with land acquisition and stewardship activities such as controlled burns, exotic plant control, field inspections, and environmental monitoring. Environmental Protection Department/Land Conservation: The employee performs difficult and complex environmental analysis, which culminate in comprehensive reports, maps and presentations required by the Department. Additionally, the employee administers the land stewardship program on conserved lands, including supervising professional staff, developing the annual stewardship budget, setting long and short term goals, coordinating land management, site development and security activities on conservation properties, and developing stewardship plans, policies and procedures. Environmental Protection Department/Water Resources: The employee prepares and implements comprehensive, goal-based water conservation program for Alachua County; develops and monitors strategies and schedule for implementing water conservation program components. Evaluates, measures, and reports progress towards achieving program goals and objectives. Develops and monitors budget expenditures for water conservation program; investigates and applies for grant and cooperative funding from water management districts to help fund education, rebate, reuse and other water conservation projects. Represents Alachua County on local and regional water conservation committees, councils, etc, as assigned. Communicates the Board's water conservation goals and objectives to the public and private sectors. NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and methods of comprehensive planning and plan implementation. This may include contemporary principles, practices, and methods in as many of the following physical/natural/engineering sciences as possible; conservation ecology/biology, ecosystem dynamics, wildlife ecology/biology, population dynamics, botany, geography, geology, soil science, hydrology, water chemistry, and transportation modeling/engineering. Knowledge of zoning, subdivision regulation and other development regulations and techniques to include historic preservation. Knowledge of advanced technical skills in botany, ecology and land management, as well as familiarity with sound planning principles. Knowledge of planning research procedures in both written and graphic form. Knowledge of economics, government finance, political science, geography, sociology and environmental science as applied to public sector planning. Knowledge of the traditional organization and operations of local and state government agencies. Knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to the practice of public sector planning. Knowledge of the use of planning/development related computing devices and software; knowledge of and ability to use computer techniques in public planning and management applications. Skill in the operation of motor vehicles. Ability to effectively supervise and coordinate the activities of subordinate employees. Ability to carry out complex planning studies and to take a significant role in the preparation and maintenance of comprehensive plans and functional plans. Ability to analyze information and to formulate substantive policy recommendations based upon such studies. Ability to express ideas and findings clearly and concisely, utilizing oral, written, and graphic techniques. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, outside agencies, and the general public. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach occasionally required to be mobile. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus associated with the constant use of computer monitors. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The employee may perform field work in inclement weather and harsh conditions such as wet areas and dense brush with biting insects, venomous animals or irritating plants. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Posted on: Thursday, July 13, 2017
This listing expires on: Friday, July 21, 2017

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